Is Sitting the New Smoking? Not Quite

Click the link below and you’ll find that young adults in the United States are sedentary for 6-8 hours a day, while adults 60 or older spend 9 hours a day sedentary.

From MedicalNewsToday:

“Sedentary behavior can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions, even among people who are physically active. This is according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Sitting too much is detrimental to health, regardless of physical activity levels, say researchers.In recent years, there has been an increasing number of studies documenting the harms of sedentary behavior – defined as any waking activity that involves sitting or lying down, such as watching TV or working on the computer.

Research has repeatedly linked sedentary behavior with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and more.A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine earlier this year estimated that prolonged sitting is responsible for 430,000 all-cause deaths over 54 countries, and a more recent study claimed that sedentary behavior is a leading risk factor for mortality, second only to smoking.”

Source: Prolonged sitting: ‘Exercise does not offset health risks,’ say AHA – Medical News Today

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